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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...